Meet the Curator: Xavier Acarín & Adelaide Bannerman

November’s Meet the Curator discussion introduces the practices of two new curators from the HICP – Helsinki International Curatorial Programme residency programme, Xavier Acarín and Adelaide Bannerman, whom are both currently researching the field of the performative.

The discussion takes place at Sinne (Iso Roobertinkatu 16, Helsinki) on Thursday 10 November at 4 pm. A warm welcome to everyone!


Xavier Acarín (b. 1982) is a curator and researcher from Barcelona based in New York. His practice revises art and social histories as a means to propose different composition of the material and the sensorial.

Acarín is currently focusing on the study of the performative as a field of encounter between different elements and entities. This effort includes a questioning of the status of the body and the object and their correlation within a situation. He is especially interested in situations that have the potential to alter the sensible and the perceptual circumstances of the everyday, and generate disruptions of the established material and existential arrangements as produced by modes of production and consumption. These situations are moments of upheaval that intensify and amplify the limits of human experience, of what is possible and imaginable. During his stay in Helsinki, Acarín will be developing a section of this research dedicated to riots.

Acarín holds a Master in Curatorial Studies from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and he has worked as an art producer for various institutions in Spain and in the United States. Acarín’s projects have been presented at Chez Bushwick, Elastic City, The New School for Social Research, and Peekskill Project 6. His writings have been published at A-Desk and BRAC (University of Barcelona) and he has participated as author of the books Designing Experience (Bloomsbury, 2014), and Dear Helen (CCS Bard, 2014).

Adelaide Bannerman (b.1971) is a curator from the United Kingdom.

Her research interests are focused on valorising the performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance art, and privileging the process behind individual and group autonomic practices. She has tentatively explored, noted and when possible, co-opted movement and improvisatory methods as part of her curatorial practice.

In Helsinki Bannerman will be working on Rosa Emilia, which is a thematic residency that responds to selected and collaborative contexts articulating presence and what it means to be ‘in residence’.

Bannerman graduated from the MA Fine Art Administration and Curatorship at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2001. Since then she has worked freelance as a project manager, curator, and consultant for UK arts institutions which have included the International Curators Forum (ICF), Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA), Tate, Live Art Development Agency, and Arts Council England. Bannerman is currently the Archive Coordinator at Autograph ABP, working on the three year photography research project, The Missing Chapter.

The talk is organised in collaboration with Frame, Helsinki International Artist Programme HIAP and Sinne.